Eighteen games have been played by the Buffalo Sabres on this day in franchise history. Number 19 takes place tonight when the Buffalo Sabres try and snap their losing ways against the Carolina Hurricanes, a foe they have yet to face this season due to weather complications.
Buffalo is 8-7-3 all time on January 23.
With a 5-3 win over the Boston Bruins back in 1984, the Buffalo Sabres set a franchise record of ten wins in a row. That year alone in the month of January they were 11-0-2 for the month. Not a shabby record.
Buffalo would finish the 1983-1984 season with a 48-25-7 record, good for second place in the Adams division (remember those days – not many fans can even remember who Adams is let alone he had a division named after him).
Buffalo would make the playoffs for the tenth straight year in 1984, but would get knocked out in the first round in a three game sweep by the Quebec Nordiques.
The off season was not all doom and gloom after the Sabres failed to win in the playoffs. That was the same year that Tom Barrasso would win the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league’s top rookie and the Vezina as the league’s top goaltender.
In 42 games that year he posted a 26-12-3 record with a 2.84 goals against and a .893 save percentage.